When a consumer purchases a product, their expectation is that the product is safe, free of defects and will not cause them injury. Yet, many consumers are unaware of the thousands of product recalls issued each year by federal agencies, product manufacturers and retailers.
For example, according the website www.recalls.gov, in 2015 alone, there were 4,217 consumer products recalled by federal agencies. These defective products impacted tens of millions of consumers, caused hundreds of injuries and resulted in $31.25 billion in fines.
Companies that are responsible for the design, manufacturing, or distribution of consumer products have an obligation to ensure that those products are safe for the public. Defective products can be dangerous to consumers, causing serious injury and even death.
If a product can be shown to be inherently dangerous or defective in some way, the designer, manufacturer, or distributor of the product may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a result of that defect, regardless of a specific act of negligence.
We believe that the costs associated with hiring a lawyer shouldn’t prevent any product liability injury victim from obtaining sound legal counsel. Because of this, our law firm handles all product liability claims on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no out of pocket expenses and you only owe attorney’s fees if we settle your claim or win a favorable verdict in court.
In a product liability lawsuit, the actions of the defendant are not taken into consideration; the court simply attempts to deduce if a product is defective or not. If a product is defective and injuries or deaths occured as a result of that defect, the party liable for the defect may be held accountable for damages.
There are thousands of consumer products recalled every year, because of dangerous defects. The product liability lawyers from Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A., can formulate a course of action if you or someone you love has suffered as a result of one of the following product defects:
Design Defect – A design defect is a flaw that occurs at a product’s conception. If a product is incorrectly designed for its intended task, it can pose a risk to users, and the party responsible for the design may be held liable in the event of an injury. An example of a design defect would be a ladder designed from the outset with insufficient load-bearing capacity.
Manufacturing Defect – If a product is dangerous or defective as a result of the manufacturing process (changes are made to the design tolerances, different materials are used than specified, or compromises are made to expedite the manufacturing process, for example), then the manufacturer of the product may be held liable for injuries that occur.
Marketing Defect – Also known as a “failure to warn,” a marketing defect occurs when a company fails to properly warn consumers of potential risks associated with the product. Even if a consumer injures him or herself using the product incorrectly, there may still be just cause for a product liability lawsuit if the use was foreseeable. An example of a failure to warn would be a company neglecting to inform consumers to not use the top step of a ladder.
Obtaining a successful case resolution in a product liability case can be difficult, as it must be shown that the plaintiff’s injuries occurred as a result of a defective product and not the plaintiff’s own actions.
The defendant is often a large company with the resources to vigorously defend its interests with respect to product liability. To be successful in a defective product lawsuit, you will need the skill of experienced product liability lawyers.
The attorneys of Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. have a proven track record of winning or settling product liability cases.
There’s a reason that our reputation precedes us: our 25-plus year history in Sarasota has garnered us some of the top reviews in the area, from both peers and clients alike. If you are in need of an experienced law firm, with personalized service and a desire to win your case, we’re here for you. Read on to learn more about the key reasons why the law offices of Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. are considered one of the premier civil trial law firms in Southwest Florida.
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